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May 19, 2016

18 Essential Blogging Tools For Beginners

You could just start your blogging career by starting a blog and typing away. But blogging tools will help you make better use of your time by creating better content, making things look more appealing, helping readers understand what your message is, and getting your content shared, talked about, and ranked. All of these things are important to helping you create a successful blog, not just a blog.

According to DMR, there are 50,000 new WordPress websites added daily. According to Social Triggers, there are 164 million blogs and most of those blogs are not getting very much traffic. The people behind these blogs are likely not having the success they want to a variety of reasons, including not putting a lot of effort in and not using simple blogging tools that could help them reach more people.

A Note On Paid Blogging Tools

A lot of the blogging tools I’m going to talk about are free, and some are free to a certain extent. I still want you to take into consideration these tools!

If you are just starting out with blogging, or you are not making a lot of money through blogging, then you may be resisting paying money for blogging tools. I totally understand that, but, the fact is that some paid blogging tools have the potential to help you achieve much more success, which is why they are considered an important investment for bloggers. I know bloggers that tried to do everything for free, and they spent years getting themselves to the same place someone who was willing to spend money took to get in a few months. It can really make that big of a difference towards your blog’s success!

I highly recommend reinvesting any money you make in the beginning into blogging tools that cost money. Even if you are investing as much as you are making, your income can start to rise, and you can start to get a huge return on your investment.

18 Essential Blogging Tools

There are just some tools that I wish I had known about when I started blogging. While 18 tools might seem like a lot, you will find each one of them valuable in their own way. Moreover, they will actually speed up your blogging efforts, not hinder them. So, let’s get started.

1. BuzzSumo

This is one of the blogging tools that you will find extremely useful for content creation and much more. You will use it before you write a post, during, and after, so make sure you keep it easily accessible.

The tool allows you to plug in a topic in the search bar and then see results of the most popular articles that have been written around that topic. You can see how well each of the articles did on popular social media channels, which can give you an idea of how well the post was received.

Moreover, if you are trying to come up with content around a specific keyword or topic, BuzzSumo can give you a ton of ideas. It can also give you a lot of information to add to your article (with proper backlinks to the original article, of course) and places to point to in your article for more related information.

You can also search for key influencers around a certain topic or keyword, which can help you schedule in potential guest blog posts at their sites and definitely give you a place to go and comment for a potential link back to your site. As well, interacting with key influencers can help boost your online blogging reputation, which will benefit you in a big way!

And you can find trending articles to get the latest scoop on what is popular. Use this information to create a post related to your niche around a hot topic and increase your chances of getting shared!

You can also find your most popular blog posts or the most popular blog posts of a competitor to help you figure out what people want and don’t want to read.

You can use BuzzSumo for free with limited results, or you can pay to use it. The paid version has a lot more information, such as backlinks to specific articles, filter for what is trending by times, and access to content analysis on keywords. It is expensive to use, coming it at around $99 per month, but if you can afford it, or once you start making more money to justify it, this will be one of those blogging tools that allow you to grow your blog on an exponential level. It really is essential.

2. Easel.ly

Infographics are popular. They earn you more shares socially, and they keep people’s attention more. You can also get backlinks from people who want others to see your infographic. In short, they are essential for your blog. But, they can be time-consuming to make.

Easel.ly has different infographic templates that are easy to use with its drag and drop functions. You can add your own text, change the colors, and add your own pictures.

You can get some standard icons and infographic templates for free, but you can also pay $3 a month (yes, that’s only $3) to get more choices of images, fonts, and templates. Considering how popular infographics are and how much traffic they can bring in, $3 is an investment everyone can make! You can download the infographics you create as an image or PDF, and there is no watermark or need to put their site on your infographic. You can find it at http://www.easel.ly/.

3. Easy Tweet Embed

This is a plugin for WordPress that makes sharing on Twitter so much easier for your readers. The plugin puts a Twitter icon in your toolbar. When you write a new post, and all you have to do is click on that icon, fill in the anchor text, such as ‘Tweet This’, and then write out your tweet that will be included in the Tweet if someone clicks on your anchor text. Then, insert a permalink, which will link to your blog post, and insert it into your blog post.

This works best for quotes. Write out your quote, and use Easy Embed Tweet to help people easily tweet out that quote, which people are very likely to do if it’s easy!

4. StayFocusd and LeechBlock

One of the hardest things about blogging is staying focused enough to get things done in the limited time you have. Because blogging requires you to be on the Internet, you will find that articles, such as ‘Celebrities Who Matured Gracefully’ will catch your attention, and before long you will have wasted an hour or two doing nothing for your blog.

If you want to see results on your blog, and you are currently doing all the work for your blog instead of outsourcing, then you have to put in the time. If you do, you will be rewarded with increased wealth from your blog.

Think you can stay focused using motivation alone? I used to as well! I used to keep a picture of what I was working towards by my computer, which I thought would help me stay on point knowing what I was trying to achieve. I didn’t. I got caught up in YouTube videos, Facebook shares, and all kinds of ridiculous articles. I always wonder what extra success I would have happened had I used that time wisely. Take my word for it – you don’t want to be left wondering.

If you are using Chrome as your browser, then StayFocusd is what you need. You can add sites to block yourself from for a certain period of time that you want to stay focused, such as Facebook, YouTube, or other social media sites.

If you are using Firefox, then LeechBlock is your answer for being more productive. You can block sites for a certain amount of time and get really focused on making the most of the time you have to blog.

5. Hootsuite

I use Hootsuite daily, and I think it’s a tool that every blogger who uses social media should have. You can add your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Linkedin accounts to Hootsuite so that you can manage all of your social profiles from one place. You can even manage your Facebook pages from Hootsuite.

For each social profile, you can add streams that allow you to see different aspects of your profile. For instance, if you have a Twitter account hooked up to Hootsuite, then you can add streams to see your tweets, mentions, and messages. You can also set up streams based on a keyword, hashtag, or person on Twitter. This comes in handy to follow your competition and figure out what other people are tweeting and talking about.

Hootsuite takes your social media and organizes it. You can clearly see what is going on everywhere by logging into just one place. It saves you time and energy, and you can post, tweet, and communicate directly from your Hootsuite dashboard.

You can only add three social profiles on the free account, but if you are just starting out blogging, then you are probably only focusing on a few social profiles anyways!

6. Statcounter

One of the things you need to do for blogging success is understand who is coming to your blog and what they are doing while they are there. These insights can help you understand what your efforts are doing and tweak your website for better results.

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Shaky Hands

It is very easy to miss subtle shaking until you attempt to do an action which requires fine motor skills such as threading a needle or replacing the tiny pin in the arm of the eyeglasses. Have you been having difficulty to steady your hands to do what used to be routine movements? Shaky hands is also called hand tremor. Hand tremors can be associated with neurological, metabolic, toxic and degenerative conditions. This is quite different from the anxious nervousness we all experienced from time to time which causes us to shake before a performance etc.

Common Causes

The most common type of tremor which affects adults is called essential tremors. Even though it is the most common cause of shaking hands we still do not fully understand why this occurs. Some researchers think the degenerative process interrupts the normal brain function of the cerebellum. The cerebellum known as the little brain plays an important role in balance, equilibrium, coordination and motor functions. Degeneration of the cerebellum affects the neurons and causes them to die.

Hand tremors can also be caused by:

  • Seizures
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Cerebellar disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Medication side effects
  • Caffeine overdose
  • Alcohol abuse or addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

There is a classic difference between the shaky hands experienced with essential tremors and Parkinson’s diseases. Persons with essential tremors have uncontrollable shaking when they try to perform a motor function (use a muscle) to write, brush the teeth, comb the hair, operate a machine etc. Once they are at rest there is no obvious shaking. On the other hand with Parkinson’s disease the hands shake when at rest (no activity). The shaking stops once the muscles are in use.

Less Common Causes

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Para neoplastic disorders
  • Spasmodic torticolis

Conservative solutions for mild cases of shaky hands

The good news is, not everyone with shaky hands will require medical treatment. Your doctor may recommend the following practical lifestyle changes:

  • Choose easy to open bottles, tins and medication containers
  • Replace lightweight daily used eating ware such as utensils, cups, glasses, plates and bowls with heavier ones
  • Invest in tools which are designed for easier grip
  • Wear wrist weights to steady hand movements

Medical Treatment Options

There is no single treatment that is guaranteed to resolve shaky hands. Your doctor may which to try you on a group of medications called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers are normally used in the treatment of cardio-vascular diseases such as high blood pressure and tachycardia (Fast heart rates).In recent time beta-blockers are used for anxiety, performance jitters and tremors. Some commonly used beta-blockers are:

  • Propranolol (Inderal) and the long-acting option
  • Primidone (Mysoline)
  • Sotolol
  • Atenolol
  • Gabapentin used to treat seizure
  • Topiramate used to treat seizure
  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
  • Botulinum toxin type a, popularly known as Botox

Shaky hands which result from other causes (non-essential tremors) can be improved by treating the illness such as seizures, Parkinson’s disease and cerebellum diseases.

In cases where the abuse of stimulants is responsible for the tremors the addiction needs to be addressed. This is so in the case of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.

Discuss with your doctor the possible side effects of the medications as some of them are habit forming. The benefits and risks should always be assessed.
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May 16, 2016

14 Funny Quotes About The Ex That We Can All Relate To

We all have our own thoughts about our ex. Sometimes we say them to other people, and, usually, we don’t, but the following people made it very clear how they feel about their ex or what they are thinking about their ex through the following funny quotes on social media. And, I think anyone with an ex will be able to relate to them!

1. You Never Forget The Smell Of An Ex

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You never forget the way your ex smelled. Just one whiff of their perfume or cologne can send your head turning to see if they are around, and, usually, the person wearing their smell is instantly seen in the same light your ex is in your eyes.

By the way, this is why it is a good idea to wear a unique scent when you are trying to pick up someone. If you smell like their ex, you might as well stop trying before you start!

2. Drinking When Your Ex Is Still On Your Mind Is Not A Good Idea – Ever!

12We all think that a few drinks will help us feel better about our breakup and forget about our ex, but it doesn’t work like that. If you still have feelings for your ex, or think about them in any way, there is a good chance you are going to drunk dial them after one drink too many!

It’s just better to leave your phone at home, so you don’t do something stupid. It doesn’t matter if you hate your ex or want your ex back. You may think you will be able to handle it, but a drunk brain will always choose to make bad decisions, and you will regret it so much the next day!

3. We All Stalk Our Ex Thanks To Social Media

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It doesn’t matter if you block them on your favorite social media profile because they are everywhere online, and once you get the urge to see what they are doing, you will try LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and all those other places you know that they are on.

If you would rather not know what your ex is doing, and they are everywhere online, get offline! Keep busy doing offline things that help you move passed that ‘what is my ex doing?’ feeling and into ‘where is my next date at?’ feeling.

4. What Has Our Ex Done To Us?

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We will never know exactly what our ex said or did after we broke up with them. Yes, we may be able to see the physical damage they did to our car or furniture. Our friends may tell us how badly they are talking about us. And, we may see their new boyfriend or girlfriend through social media. But, what do they do when they are alone and angry and feel like taking revenge on us?

Is the reason we are experiencing crazy things because of them or is it just a coincidence? Did they steal our car, talk bad about us to our boss, or throw that garbage into our yard (yes, this all happened to me after a breakup). We may never know!

5. What Did We Find Attractive About The Ex Again?

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When you think about your ex, do you picture how they looked, how they acted, or how you felt about them in the end? For most people, the passionate feelings we have or had are what we focus on.

It’s funny how in the beginning, you can’t get that person out of your mind. Their face, body, and the particulars about them, such as their eyes or hair, stand out like a sore thumb – and you like the way they look. But, after a breakup, there is so much emotion involved, that we get blinded by our feelings towards them and can no longer see those physical things we once cherished in our mind, and often they become really ugly or just disappear physically in our mind.

6. We Don’t Want To Know What Our Ex Is Doing From You (We Will Stalk Them If We Do)

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May 9, 2016

10 Cute Quotes From Famous Parents On Their Kids

I love to hear cute quotes from any parents, but this article is focused on famous parents and what they have to say about their kids. These quotes will help you get a glimpse into their life outside of their career. It makes them more real and more relatable. And, it can give you some insight into what it is like to be a famous parent.

1. Kids Are Always Encouraging

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Being a famous person can be a struggle. Jim Carey is known for his comedy, but if you follow him on social media, it’s obvious he has a very serious and deep side to him that doesn’t always want to perform, as many of us want him to do.

Kids are what keep you going, even when you feel like you don’t want to anymore. They may not have the best reasons why you should keep going, but they have simple and honest ones that can motivate you and keep you moving forward doing whatever it is you do best.

And, that’s an important thing to note about kids. They often see what you do best, even if they don’t acknowledge it. They see your talents and even put you on a pedestal. It’s just that they think that you already know what those talents are so they don’t take the time to remind you of how great you are like a partner or parent would, because – well, they don’t think they have to.

You don’t have to be a famous parent to have your kid encourage you. Every kid sees the good qualities of their parents on some level, and every kid will try to lend a word of encouragement when you need it most.

2. The Kids Of Famous Parents Behave Like Kids

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Talk about cute quotes. It’s funny how we picture famous parents and their kids living some mystical life completely different than us. But, the fact is that kids are kids no matter who they grow up with or how they grow up.

Mellissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have often talked about their one daughter who has a lot of spirit in her. This quote reminds you that kids are kids. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much fame you have, or anything else – if you have a kid, they are going to say things, do things, and behave in ways that kids are known to do.

3. The Kids Of Famous Parents Want Things That Other Kids Want

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Amy Poehler was talking about how she was trying to teach her kids how to be thankful and be of service by donating their toys during the holidays to kids who don’t have them, and this was one of the quotes from that conversation. I think we can all relate to this.

It’s important to understand that kids of famous parents may sometimes get more than kids who are in families without a lot of money. However, most of their parents are trying to teach them how to be kind, generous, grateful, and compassionate too.

And, as we said, kids will be kids. All kids want toys and expect things and hope for things and ask for things, and kids of famous people are no different.

4. The Kids Of Famous Parents Get Bugged By Their Parents Too

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I remember when I was young, my dad used to tell me that aliens would abduct kids from north facing windows only, which happened to be the direction my window faced. He would always try to scare me, trick me, confuse me, or make me upset in some way so that he could get a good laugh in. As an adult, I understand it. Kids are easy to bug, and it’s hard to resist bugging them and then laughing your butt off about it.

Julia Roberts shows that famous parents interact with their kids in the same way that non-famous parents do. It’s hard not to play with your kids and bug them and then laugh about it, because it’s just so easy to do!

5. Kids Are Embarrassed By Their Famous Parents Too

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You would think with famous parents, kids would be proud of them and find them cool. But no, kids are just as embarrassed by their famous mother or father as kids without famous parents are. In the above quote, Reese Witherspoon is talking about her 11-year-old son at the time who is totally embarrassed by her, and that is totally cute.

And, she was quick to point out that her 2-year-old at the time was not embarrassed by her, which is something all parents cherish while their kids are young. The older they get, the more easily embarrassed of the things you do or say.

6. Famous Parents Know They Will Have A Harder Time Hiding Their Past From Their Kids

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May 9, 2016

18 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My First Blog

When I first started blogging, I didn’t know too much about it. In fact, I didn’t even know people were making money through their blogs. I was working at a job I didn’t like, and I saw an ad on Facebook for something that sounded like a data entry job. The thought of working from home online and making good money was enough to get my interest, and after some reading and research I realized the ‘data entry’ they were talking about was blogging as an affiliate marketer. I was already hooked on the idea of working online, so I started my first blog with an enthusiasm I had never felt before, and I tried to learn as I went along.

Unfortunately, the more you try to learn when you are naive, the more you will be reeled in by unethical people telling you that you can earn millions of dollars blogging in your first year using their methods. It’s hard not to believe what they are saying because you WANT to believe it so badly. So, because I listened to their advice, which was complete nonsense, my first blog didn’t do much for the first year. In fact, I had it for a few years and, because I started off on the wrong foot, it didn’t earn me much more than $100/month near the end. I finally sold it for $1000 and started a new blog with a little more knowledge on what to do and what not to do.

Now, years later, I know exactly how I would have started that first blog off, and I wonder if it would have been successful. Would I have been earning a full-time income by the end of that year? Would I have been earning 5 times or 10 times more by now with an established blog that has been around for close to a decade? I will never know the answer. But, what I do know for sure is that there are some things I wish I knew before I started my first blog. Following are 18 of them.

1. Blogging Requires Time, Energy, And Money

The one thing I bought into when I started blogging was that I could make a full-time income only working a few hours a day. Have you heard that blogging myth? I’m sure some people might get into the right niche and interact with the right people and have the exact right knowledge that people are looking for and luck out. But, for most of us, blogging requires time, energy, and money.

Time is needed to put together blog posts and interact with social media and other bloggers. You have to make time in your day in order to blog, especially if you have a job, a family, or other obligations.

Energy is the driving force behind doing what you need to do when you have other things going on in your life that demand your attention. You got to be passionate about your blog in order to do what you need to do otherwise it will get put to the bottom of the priority list, especially because blogging is a long-term game and you need to build something up in order to start seeing success. It can be frustrating to see little progress and keep putting your energy in.

And money invested towards real blogging courses, niche education, advertising, blogging tools, and outsourcing are all important to grow your knowledge and your blog. Let me make it clear; you don’t need to spend a ton of money in the start. But, if you have it, paying for things like keyword tools, themes, plugins, email marketing, outsourcing, and advertising can help you grow your blog quicker.

If I were to start over with a first blog, I would dedicate some serious time to my blog each day. At least 2-4 hours. And, on weekends, I would make it my full-time job. I would also have picked a more exciting niche that I was passionate about – not just one that I thought was going to earn money. And, I would have bought some of the essentials, like an email marketing membership and some real courses on how to blog for money.

2. WordPress And A Paid Theme Are Important

When I started my first blog, I was using Intuit Websites powered by Homestead. I have a friend who is an accountant and he was creating a blog through that platform, so it was the only thing I had heard of.

It was such a pain in the butt. To do anything on that platform, it took hours. Unlike WordPress, the blog editor was a blank page, and you had to place your text, pictures, videos, widgets, and ads where you wanted them, and usually the published version looked a lot different than the version you edited. I remember spending the whole week trying to get one page to look right. What a waste of time!

Then, after about 6 months, I was introduced to Blogger, which is a free platform to build blogs on. I kept my Intuit membership for my first blog and then started a free blog on the same subject. It was so much easier to use because it was just writing and publishing. I didn’t have to put any text boxes or HTML boxes anywhere. It was all set up. But, the free blogger platform turned out to be a bloggers nightmare – at least for me who wanted to make money from it. I couldn’t add elements I wanted to add. I couldn’t find a theme I liked to represent the colors and look I wanted. And, I could write about certain things or put certain products on my site because it was against Blogger’s rules.

Then I found WordPress. I tried it out and was hooked. I moved my first blog over immediately, which mean copying and pasting every single post I had done. I couldn’t believe that WordPress made it so easy to write a blog post and create a blog that looked exactly how you wanted it to look, and you could write about anything you wanted!

This is another one of those expenses that I was talking about in the last point. Just like at Intuit, you had to pay for hosting, but I realized that if I really wanted to make the blog my own, I needed to buy a theme. Once I found a theme I liked and got it on my blog, things ran so much smoother for me! Who knew that blogging could be about writing and publishing instead of trying to create a good looking post for hours on end? WordPress saved me countless hours and headaches, and the plugins that it offered increased my ability to get seen and do what I wanted to do as a blogger.

3. Proper Email Marketing Is Important

Email marketing felt scary to me. I didn’t want to have to talk to my readers and listen to their comments about my blog. As a blogger, connecting with your readers is important, but I thought that I could write amazing blog posts that went viral every time, and I wouldn’t need to build a list in order to build a readership and make sales. They would all just flock to my blog because it was so great.

I was wrong.
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May 9, 2016

35 Love Quotes For Everyone To Think About

What do you need to hear about love? The chances are good that this love quotes article has something you need to hear and think about in this very moment. Whether you are happily in love or feeling a complete lack of love in your life, these love quotes will take a deeper look at what love is really all about.

1. Why You MUST Love Yourself

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The first person who you should love in your life is yourself. When you treat yourself with true love, then you know what it feels like to be really loved. That feeling encourages you to be more loving towards other people, even the people who you might otherwise want to hate. In short, when you love yourself from the inside out, as Iyanla puts it, you have a measuring stick of what love is really all about, and you can gauge how loving you are being in all of your relationships with it.

2. Why You Should Love Animals

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There is nothing like the love of an animal. They are always happy to see you, love you unconditionally, and will take every ounce of love that you give them without resistance. They are capable of giving and receiving love in a large capacity, and they deserve the best that we can give them because of it. If you are ever confused about what love is, spend some time around an animal. The true meaning of love will become very clear, quickly.

3. Is Love Never Supposed To Hurt?

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I am a huge advocate for not being in abusive relationships. Someone who really loves you won’t purposely hurt you physically, emotionally, or mentally just for the sake of hurting you. But this was one of the love quotes that rang true the moment I read it.

Sometimes, when you have to do what is right for you, someone you love can get hurt. In that case, it seems that love really can hurt! When someone feels as if you are abandoning them for something else like a job or an opportunity, for instance, that can hurt. But, you need to do what’s right for you.

Don’t hold yourself back because you are scared of hurting someone you love. Have hope that the people you love will understand and recognize that you are doing what you need to do.

4. Who Will Be The Love Of Your Life?

4Who is that one person that you want to spend your life with? Who do you most enjoy being around? It doesn’t have to be your romantic partner, as most people think. The love of your life may be a parent, a sibling, a friend, a child, or even an animal.

I see the love of your life as the one person or pet who made your life worth living. The one person or pet that you could spend your whole life with because they make you feel so great and alive and confident and all of those other amazing things. Don’t let anyone tell you who the love of your life should be, or you might miss them when they come along.

5. Love From The Outside

5You may not understand why two people are in love, but that doesn’t make them any less in love! Judging other people based on what you see or what you believe is unfair. You can’t know the love between two people unless you are to feel it directly.

And wouldn’t that be an amazing superpower? Someone who could show other people just how much love there is between two people that they just don’t understand? I’m sure a lot of hate and prejudice would melt away if there were a superhero who could do that.

6. Why Do Sad Love Stories Hurt Us So Much?

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May 1, 2016

10 Ultimate Blogging Tips To Increase Traffic And Sales For Free

If you are blogging to create a successful business, then traffic and sales are important to you, and you are probably looking for some blogging tips to help you increase them. Traffic helps you convert people into subscribers who will buy from you repeatedly and recommend you to people they know for even more traffic and sales. If you don’t have a lot of traffic to your blog now, then that’s a problem that needs to be worked on. Without traffic, you might as well just be writing in an online diary for yourself to read later on because your blogging efforts are reaching mostly you and no one else.

You can advertise to increase your traffic and sales. Advertising on social media, on Google, and on other people’s blogs is a great way to get in front of an audience and increase your traffic and sales dramatically. In fact, if you have the money to do so, it can boost your traffic quickly with the right strategy.

However, if you don’t have the money to advertise or don’t want to pay the money to advertise, then you have to use time and energy to increase your blog’s traffic and ultimately your sales. That’s the free way to do it! And, it can be very effective done correctly! Following are some of the ultimate blogging tips to increase your traffic and sales for free.

1. Make ALL Of Your Content Count

This is one of the blogging tips that requires some serious extra time and effort, but will be well worth the commitment. Sometimes we get busy writing post after post after post, and we only focus on the most recent posts when it comes to promoting and taking care of them. This is because the older posts are good, and they will take care of themselves. Right? They will find their way into the search engines and be found by the right people at the right time. Right? The answer is probably not. Your old posts, even the popular ones, can get dusty, unseen, and be underutilized on your blog.

If you put the work into writing a well thought out and structured blog post, then you should want your posts, no matter how old they are, to do well. The better your older posts do, the more traffic and sales you will be rewarded with. This means you must take a look at your old content and see how it’s doing in terms of shares, SEO, comments, and views. If it doesn’t look good, you can either lay that post to rest or revive it. (I suggest you do that latter for more traffic to your blog!)

How To Revive Old Content

Starting today, create time in your blogging plan to bring old content back to life. Start from the oldest post and work your way towards the newest so that you don’t leave any of your posts behind.

Take A Look At Your Keywords

First, look at the keyword for your post. Many of us try to use crazy hard keywords, or no keywords at all, at the beginning of our blogging career. So if your keywords are lacking, too hard, or just plain ridiculous, then you need to optimize your post for keywords that will do a better job.

Note: You may want to invest in a tool like SEMrush to help you revamp your blog’s keywords. You can read my review on it to decide if it’s for you.

Once you figure out a better keyword for your old post, then revamp your content to match that keyword’s tone. Use long tailed keywords and similar keywords to help you really drive home exactly what your older blog post is about. The clearer the topic is through your keywords, the more likely it will start to be found through the search engines and on social media.

Add More Content

If an older post is too short, then you should add some more relevant content to it. This is one of those blogging tips that can impact your traffic in a big way. According to many different blogging experts, longer posts do better both in the search engines and with readers. In fact, longer posts get more shares on social media, more comments, and more conversions on their call to actions.

The chances are good you have some new viewpoints or things to say about your old content. So, draw from your experience and find new angles and information to add more value in the posts.

Make Your Content Easier To Read

Another thing that we tend to do when just starting out is to write content posts with nothing to break up the content. Even the most interested reader might have a hard time going through your content without pictures, videos or graphs to back up what you are saying.

If you want someone to read to the end of your post, you need to make sure that you include things that keep their attention and make them think and help them understand the content they are reading. Therefore, add things like pictures, videos, graphs, polls, quotes, interesting facts, or embedded social media posts to help you keep your reader’s attention and increase their desire to share the interesting blog post they just read.

Change Your Title And Post Description

Your title and post description help people understand what your content is about in the search engines and on social media. If you have older posts with irrelevant titles and boring descriptions, then you could be ranked first in Google and still not get any clicks. But if you have irrelevant titles and descriptions, then you are probably not getting ranked at all in search engines.

To make your titles and descriptions more click-worthy, think about what you would click on in the search engines or a social media share, and then come up with title ideas and description ideas that align with that.

Following are a few ideas:

– Make titles more interesting using power words that spark emotion or interest.
– Use the title and description keywords in a way that makes it clear exactly what the post is about.
– Add numbers to the post title to increase interest.
– Make sure you are not misleading readers with your title or description to keep trust and improve conversions.

Share Your Old Content More

This is often overlooked by bloggers, but it is one of the blogging tips that can help your older articles get the attention that they deserve. If you use a plugin, such as Evergreen Post Tweeter, you can have your old posts shared on Twitter easily. This plugin takes your old posts and tweets them out according to certain filters you set up.

You can also share your older content yourself on your popular social media accounts for more attention. The more popular you are on the social media channel, the more this is going to benefit you in terms of shares, traffic, comments, and conversions.

Create More Inbound Links To Old Posts

As you write new posts, link to your older posts when relevant. For instance, if you are writing about ‘blog posts’ and you include some information about ‘finding the best keywords,’ which you also happen to have a post about, then add a link to that post to help people realize that you already have content about that subject that they can check out.

You should also be using a related posts plugin to help you share related posts, despite their age, with readers. If someone is interested in your post, then there is a good chance they will want to read more from a similar post. For instance, if you are writing about ‘recipes with potatoes,’ then a post from years ago on ‘what potatoes to use in soups’ will likely be something they want to read. Get my drift?

Create Roundup Posts For Your Content

Lastly, when it comes to revamping old posts and getting more traffic and sales because of it, you can create epic roundup posts that feature specific topics of interest.

For instance, if you have a food blog, you can create a post about your top 10 corn recipes, and then write a unique paragraph about each recipe and include a link to the old post. Anyone looking for corn recipes will appreciate easy access to some older recipes. Just make sure you write unique descriptions for each of the blog posts you are referring to so that your new roundup post is unique and ready for the search engines to index.

2. Get Links To Your Site

Recently Ana Hoffman, of Traffic Generation Cafe, pointed out that Andrey Lipattsev, a Search Quality Strategist at Google said that links pointing to your site is one of the top ranking factors for content. In other words, the more quality links you have pointing back to your site, the better.
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